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Web Link to the MDHTALK Legislation and Regulations Metal Detecting Page

WWATS - Texas Treasure Show 2009 Keith Wills
The following eight - 10 minute You Tube videos represent Keith Wills presentation on the condition of the Metal Detecting Hobby and what can be done.
Video One, Video Two, Video Three, Video Four, Video Five, Video Six, Video Seven, Video Eight
Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs Inc. (FMDAC)

FMDAC Website

FMDAC Facebook Page

The Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs Inc. (FMDAC) was organized in 1984 as a legislative and educational organization and incorporated, as a non-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan organization.

The FMDAC's Mission: The FMDAC is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection for the hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.

The FMDAC's Purpose:
To unite, promote and encourage the establishment of metal detecting clubs.
To preserve the sport / hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.
To make available to FMDAC clubs and Independent members information pertaining to the hobby and to keep members informed as to active legislation.

The FMDAC's Goal is to Educate and inform the public as to the merits of recreational metal detecting.

Attention everyone......March 15, 2017

Just found out about this bill in the NH legislature. It has already passed the House and is in the Senate. It apparently passed the house by a voice vote. The full text of the bill is below. Really simple as it says dredging is banned. I know this is not metal detecting proper but we are all in this together. Many people are involved in both hobbies. So lets act quickly to try to put the brakes on this one.

Also there are 2 cities that have recently banned detecting. We are working with them on a local level right now.

Here s a link to the NH senate committee where the bill is at right now. Web link

Here is the senate contact page. Web Link

New Hampshire House Bill 591  Sponsors: Web Link

If you live in NH then please contact your senator. If you do not then please contact the committee and any senators and let them know about your vacation plans.

Mark Schuessler, FMDAC National President

August 14, 2016 FMDAC Press Release
To all FMDAC members and follow hobbyists - please forward

Please take some time and check out this link. Then comment on it. Read it over carefully and make some well thought comments.

This appears to be a major step in the right direction for all. It remains to be seen what will come of it but if they are genuine then it could mean a big step in mutual co-operation. It appears that the academic world may be realizing that we are not going away and the only way they will enlist our aid is by showing some respect in our direction.

Take the time to comment, even if only to say you like the direction it is taking and thankyou. Lets show them that we are here, we are watching and are willing to take an active roll.
SAA Task Force on Professional Archaeologists, Avocational Archaeologists, & Artifact Collectors Web Link

Mark Schuessler
FMDAC President

March 23, 2016 Update on Florida SB 1054: Historic and Archaeological Artifacts

Historic and Archaeological Artifacts; Directing the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of State to implement a program to administer the discovery of certain historic and archaeological artifacts; providing program requirements, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2016
Last Action: 3/11/2016 Senate - Died in Governmental Oversight and Accountabilitya Bill SB1054: See Bill Detail below.

January 24, 2016 Here is a Bill (HR803) that is trying to re-establish isolated finds regulation in Florida. This is a positive bill involving a number of like interesting past-times. This bill will allow Florida residents to once again recover and save artifacts from the underwater areas of Florida's waterways. There is a permit involved and a fee of $100. It has gained traction so lets all get involved and push it over the top.
Mark Schuessler, President - Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs, Inc. www.FMDAC.org

September 07, 2015 FMDAC Presidents Message Read Here
March 05, 2015 FMDAC Presidents Message 1st Qtr Select Here
November 13, 2014 FMDAC Presidents Message Fall 2014 Select Here
May 09, 2014 - Presidents Report on Facebook or View This PDF File
May 09, 2014 - FMDAC's Response to the Massachusetts Metal Detecting Issue Fackbook or View This PDF File
December 27, 2013 - Presidents Report on Facebook
August 24, 2013 - 2013 2nd Qtr President's Report

World Wide Association of Treasure Seekers

(WWATS Website) - Keith Wills

04-25-15 The "State" of Our Hobby
By: Keith Wills
The excitement and adventure of treasure hunting for gold nuggets, old lost coins, lost jewelry, and items from our past is in everyone's blood, for we all seek what we do not have. For me, I started metal detecting as a kid to build my first coin collection, it was much more intriguing to search for lost treasures beneath my feet than simply buy a coin collection, which I could not afford at the time.

For over 43 years now my father and I have enjoyed metal detecting together with great success. I will always have our memories we shared of putting on those headphones and the rest of the world disappearing for us. The sweet competition we shared in seeing at the end of the day which of us had found the nicest piece of jewelry or the most coins. We always look forward to that next treasure hunt adventure. However, as time goes on, many outside forces interrupt our long time-shared fun together, even when we fight to hold on to the right to continue to enjoy it.

Today the average metal detector user finds him or her surrounded by new laws enforced to restrict our freedom to enjoy a recreational pastime. However, it may not be too far in the future we see even our own property and our right to do with that property as we wish, taken from us as well. Everyday new laws are going into effect; new Bills are being pasted by our elected officials that most of us are unaware of. To be honest with you, our government has lost the direction of "for the people" yet now enact more laws "against the people". Special interest groups and our government are pushing Bills to restrict American rights; even in our hobbies we enjoy every day. Read More 

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Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation Website

Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Facebook Page

Over the past several months we have been in talks with much of the metal detecting community. Our talks have been with everyone from executives in the metal detecting business to the casual weekend treasure hunter. We have found there is a common concern about "policymakers" overreaching their authority and arbitrarily closing public lands to the lawful hobby of recreational metal detecting.

While our previous call campaigns have been successful in some areas, we realize the need to take this to the next level. The Task Force has decided to support legal efforts in three battleground locations. We are retaining lawyers in Illinois, Kentucky and New York.

In conjunction with addressing these problems by utilizing local lawyers, we will also need your support by having you email/call voicing your concerns. We will email you contact information at the appropriate time.

Now that things are in motion, we will be updating you (Task Force members) on a mu
ch more frequent basis.

Thank you all for your continued support of this great hobby.

January 14, 2015
Press Release
Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation Great News!
Because of the efforts of Task Force members in voicing their concerns over the proposed ban on metal detecting in Mason City, Iowa, a permit system has now been put into place.

The permit will allow metal detecting in certain parks, and each person who detects must take out a permit in order to utilize the parks. The permit states the rules, and the person doing the metal detecting must agree to follow them.

The Task Force has reviewed the permit, and feels the rules are fair and reasonable. As soon as a link to the permit becomes available, it will be posted to our website at www.detectingrights.com.

December 27, 2015
Task Force for Metal Detecting Press Release
You may have heard the sad news that Dick Stout, long time detectorist, author and founder of the FMDAC (Federation of Metal Detector and Archeological Clubs) suffered the tragic loss of his home to a tornado last night.

Thankfully Dick, his wife Fay, and their dogs are okay and currently staying with family.

Let us in the detecting community, show our support to Dick in this time of crisis by donating what we can to help him out in his time of need. Read More

October 22, 2015 Complete Press Release
Good news! Because of the overwhelming support of the detecting community in contacting the Mason City, Iowa parks department about the proposed ban on metal detecting, progress had been made.

Flood buyout lands are restricted, and they are working on rules for a yearly metal detecting permit.

That is all that can be confirmed at this time. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

The following excerpt is from the minutes of the Mason City Parks & Recreation meeting held on October 13th, 2015:

“New Business Metal Detectors – discussion – Flood buyouts are restricted due to Grant Agreements. Board unanimously agreed to have Mr. Easley & Mr. Binnebose work with Bill S. & Bob B. to write up a yearly Permit (rules) that anyone doing metal detecting on City Property will have to apply for. That will give the City acknowledgement of who will be doing so.”

October 14, 2015 Urgent Call to Action Press Release
There is a situation in Mason City, Iowa that needs immediate attention.
Mason City, Iowa wants to ban metal detecting from its city parks. The Parks Department will be meeting at 6pm on Tuesday, October 13, to discuss the banning of metal detecting from its parks, simply because someone asked for permission.

April 06, 2015
Call to Action April 6th-8th, 2015 Fellow Metal Detectorists, Call To Action….Starting Monday April 6, for 3 days. Read More

March 2014
Task Force Attends Meeting with the Architect of the Portable Antiquities Scheme

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April 08, 2013
The Task Force has been working with metal detecting club leaders to identify problem areas and we have begun to provide support for legal efforts, You can read about this on our website

Receive your free Task Force Certification ID Card

The Western Mining Alliance is the organization of independent miners across the West. Since our inception in the small, historic mining town of Laporte where we had three people, we have now grown into a movement of thousands of miners. Based in Reno, Nevada, The Western Mining Alliance is defending the rights of over 55,000 claim holders across the West. Our objective is simple, to restore our Constitutional rights to mine and to present science based evidence on the truth about mining.

Western Mining Alliance Website

Western Mining March Newsletter

Western Mining Alliance Facebook Page

AMRA-American Mining Rights Association is a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit Association and was created by miners and public land users, for miners and public land users to preserve and maintain their rights as they pertain to access to their public lands and their rights to obtain the minerals on those lands. We are not a gold club but rather an advocacy group.

AMRA Website

AMRA FaceBook Page

April News Link

Get the Latest News from these websites. Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community.  

Gold Prospectors Website

GPAA - Facebook Page

March News Link

Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ)- News on legal issues in the gold prospecting community.

Prospecting and Mining Journal Website

IMCJ Facebook Page

April  News Link

Public Lands for the People - A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Public Lands for the People Website

PLP Facebook Page

PLP was constructed for the purpose of representing all outdoor user groups and individuals that are interested in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining, and outdoor recreation on a non-discriminatory basis! PLP assists groups to join forces to maintain the laws and rights of all citizens on public and private lands (Federal, State and City). PLP will assist with representation at public hearings of government agencies that are proposing limitations and restrictions on the lands that belong to the people. PLP DOES LITIGATE! We will file injunctions, when necessary, to prevent governmental agencies from discussing public issues behind closed doors and calling them “personnel meetings”. We will come to the aid of, and give individual attention to, persons or groups who are being harassed, intimidated or mislead by people in authority (in or out of uniform) who are attempting to enforce their own ideas or opinions of laws, rules or regulations, rather than the actual laws, rules or regulations, and what it actually means.

April 09, 2017
New PLP Press Release It's still...Happy FLOOD GOLD season!
The heavy rains in the west have left some golden reminders behind; we are getting reports of flood gold being found in the aftermath of the high water. The floods have moved gold from higher up in the watersheds, and have re-deposited it in the newly reformed river gravels and bars. It's always a great idea to check some tried and true spots where you found gold before after high water because there's a good chance those places have been replenished. What better way to get out there and find some new flood gold than to take some PLP Grand Raffle prizes you won to try out? New gear works the best when you've won it! And hey, an ounce of gold donated by Roger Plata would be great to practice panning with, right? Imagine a whole ounce of gold in your pan... hey even a half ounce would be super cool to pan with, and that's also what PLP is giving away, along with a bunch of mining equipment, a New '49ers LIFETIME membership and even a mining claim in the California Mother Lode! You can't win if you don't enter, so we're making it easy for you by giving you a dozen free tickets with your new or renewing single PLP Membership and TWO DOZEN FREE TICKETS with every new or renewing family membership! We normally only offer this deal at the gold shows, so this special offer is good for the month of April. It's simple to secure your tickets by signing up on line and we will mail tickets to you for the July 11th, 2017 Grand Raffle Drawing. Join and renew here:

March 28, 2017 New PLP Press Release
Happy FLOOD GOLD Season!
After the heavy rains in the west, this summer promises to be one of the best mining seasons for small scale miners in many a year! Here we are on the verge of a great new mining season, and there is still legal work to be done in San Bernardino with the California dredging cases we have been plaintiffs in against the state of California for nearly a decade now. We are never giving up until miners are back in the water!

We are proud to stand with Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) to get new legislation in place that will put more teeth in the 1872 Mining Law for the miners. To that end, MMAC has been working hard, meeting with many movers and shakers in Washington DC for a week in February and another week in March. That is very important work which when completed, will benefit all miners, mining districts, mining companies and of course, all of America. Complete Press Release

February 07, 2017 New PLP News Release
Hello Folks, Here we are in a new year with a new government settling into place in Washington DC, and a new set of challenges in front of us. Yes, it is great that our new President is pro-American business and willing to do what he can (which is a lot!), to Make America Great Again, But 'We The People' still need to do our part and be actively involved in the process. You can't sit back and expect that everyone else will get it done. We The People have spoken and We The People must act on our convictions. It's time to stay involved, write letters to your Congressmen and Senators and make phone calls. A hand written letter is worth thousands of form letters! There are still fights in progress such as the Eagle Mountain land annex where the National Park Service is working hand in hand with BLM to take 22,000 acres of mineral rich land into the National Park to be locked away. Get involved and write letters. The comment period closes Feb. 16th: Read More

December 19, 201
6 Latest News Press Release
Editor’s note: The original communication concerning the failed corporate takeover of PLP was sent on August 17, 2016. It can be accessed here for reference.

On July 14, 2016 Dwayne Platz, Ray Kender, Pat keene, and Barry Wetherby resigned from the PLP board because they did not agree with the direction the leadership of the corporation was headed. A week later, these same resigned members manufactured a fraudulent “vote” to remove the current PLP Board. Those of you who have served on a club or other volunteer boards know how absurd this action was.

Since that time the PLP Board has been transacting business as usual, with the added confidence of operating under the guidance of new, State compliant member-approved bylaws. The affirmative vote of the bylaws is a huge benefit and a major accomplishment for PLP and its supporters. Read Complete Press Release

November 16, 2016
PLP Press Release
Latest News Dear PLP Members and the Mining Community,

It has been a long time since there was any movement in the consolidated California dredging cases PLP first brought against the state in 2009. Since then other cases and other litigants (like the New '49ers and WMA), have joined us in the fight which the court system combined into the consolidated cases. Yesterday, Nov. 14th, Judge Ochoa held a hearing to decide the next steps in the cases since the CA Supreme Court ruled against Brandon Rinehart (and all of us!), this past summer, reversing decades of law in a single very bad decision. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court is being petitioned on Brandon's behalf by Pacific Legal Foundation, Judge Ochoa, who had previously put everything on hold until after Rinehart was decided, has moved off that position, and per our attorney James Buchal "indicated that he did not see any virtue in continuing delay, suggesting that it was unlikely that the United States Supreme Court would even take the case, and announced his intention to set a trial date. This greatly discomfited the State, whose lawyers began to raise all sorts of objections...and the Judge agreed with me, ultimately setting a trial date of November 13, 2017.”

And now hearing the remaining cases separately, the CEQA hearing will be heard on April 21, 2017. The State has requested an opportunity to brief the impact of the California Supreme Court’s decision on the Judge’s prior decision (they want him to revise it, as he suggested he might, and this doesn't bode well for the miners), and to address the federal supremacy issue as it relates to CEQA , etc. All briefs are due 45 days before the April hearing. Read More

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